By Nicole Fallert
I always knew I wanted to study journalism, but my summer at NECIR showed me what that would really look like. Everyday we were in class receiving feedback from professionals, and I was overwhelmed by that level of personal attention.
High school participants should know NECIR’s program is not high school. Grades don’t matter. The workshop is measured by how much effort budding reporters put into their stories, and the results will take them further than they know. When I entered my first college journalism class, I felt equipped to ask smart questions, conduct research and reach meaningful conclusions.
I’m still proud of the story I produced during my time at NECIR. The program solidified my decision to apply to a journalism college and reinforced that choice personally. I’m still in touch with the friends I was able to meet during the program, and we’ve all grown into such intelligent college students.
Boston is the perfect city to begin a journalism career because it’s so rich with stories. The diversity of people and history offer questions everyday that engage audiences. NECIR taught me not only how to utilize data, but also how to form a comprehensive narrative.
Nicole Fallert attended the NECIR Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop in 2014. She is now a sophomore at Northwestern University’s Medill School majoring in journalism and international studies.